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Mewsings: February 29, 2015 - "Women and cats will do as they please, and men and dogs should relax and get used to the idea." - Robert A. Heinlein

cat in sweter

Gratuitous Kute Kittiness: "I sing the song of my people."

Cat Mewvie: "It's snowing! Come outside and play!"

cat run

Today's Kitty Komic

abstruct cat

Feline Street Art: The abstract cat.

blind Toby

Blind Toby finds forever home.
By Tammy Grubb

CARRBORO, N.C. | Clients of the Charles House at Winmore sat a little straighter, hands folded in their laps and some smiling broadly, as Toby the Silver Tiger walked in the room.

“ To-by! Toby the Tiger,” one woman sang, clapping her hands in time.

The black and silver-striped cat sniffed out his surroundings, rubbing against shoes and chair legs. He stopped, turning his head to listen with each new sound.

Owner Charlene Hayes wadded a piece of paper and tossed it across the floor. Toby poked his paws forward, kicking it around while the residents laughed, some reaching down to run a hand over his fur as he darted under the chairs.

“ Cats. They’re just so clever,” said Fred Heinzel, who visits Charles House every day. He’s got two black cats — Ben and Jerry — at home who love to chase each other. It’s nice when Toby stops by the Charles House, he said.

The cat, now 10 months old, has found a forever family with Hayes and a growing career as a companion for older adults with dementia and other health issues. His “play dates” regularly take him to Charles House and other senior communities.

Toby is “curious and affectionate,” family friend Carla Shuford said. “It’s the perfect combination for a therapy cat.”

He’s also blind.

Shuford connected Hayes, a therapy-dog foster parent and former animal clinic employee, with Toby last year after learning that the then-12 week old cat was available for adoption from the Independent Animal Rescue group.

The family had to act fast, Hayes said. They picked up Toby on Saturday and, by Sunday, were packed into a car with three cats for the 33-hour drive west to their summer home in Mexico. Hayes’s other cats Rikki Tikki Tavi, 8, and Alli Bali G, 15, also are blind.

Cats can be born or go blind for many reasons, from heredity to trauma, diet and disease. Toby’s eyes were underdeveloped, causing his eyelids and lashes to turn under. He had surgery in December to close them, reducing the chance of irritation and infection, Hayes said.

Blind cats don’t know they’re blind, so life for Toby is fairly typical, she said. He perches in the window, listening to the winds and birds. He rolls around in the flowers and sharpens his claws on pieces of wood. He plays with his brothers, especially hide-and-seek, she said.

“ They would run in the bedroom and jump on the bed and not move,” she said. “As soon as he would walk in the room, he would smell the air and jump on the bed, like, OK, I found you. So it is pretty amazing what other senses come forward to make up for the eyesight loss.”

Navigating a new space is simple once Toby learns the layout, she said. He’s learned to use the stairs — he backs down like a toddler, she said — and jump between objects and to the floor. Hayes taps her finger where she wants him to go. He wears a leash outside.

“ When he’s running full speed, he doesn’t know any parameters,” she said. “He could fall into the pool, he has run into a tree, so we’re just trying to make sure that he’s going to be safe.”
Noisy toys are great, Hayes said, but she’s also teaching residents to go “fishing” for Toby by snapping ribbons in the air and pulling them across the floor. They cheered when Toby snagged his claw on the ribbon, wrestling it to the floor.

“ It’s all about entertainment for them, but it’s also for them to have the hands-on (experience), touching the fur,” she said. “If he hasn’t made his rounds, before we leave, I pick him up and make sure everybody has some fur time.”

Toby visits for 30 minutes to an hour, sitting by the front door when he’s ready to go. Staff members have started to let them know when someone having a rough day might need more attention, Hayes said. The visits have inspired at least one resident to rethink staying in bed all day, she said.

“ Sometimes it makes a big difference to have something to look forward to,” Hayes said.

Mewsings: March 1, 2015 - "The reason cats climb is so that they can look down on almost every other animal... it's also the reason they hate birds." - K.C. Buffington

cat on lady's back

Gratuitous Kittiness: "A cat's place is, well, here."

Cat Mewvie: "No games. Pet me!"

mouse skulls

Today's Kitty Komic

cat tattoo

Feline Art: Cat-too.

Mewsings: March 2, 2015 - "Every dog has his day -- but the nights are reserved for the cats." - Unknown

big-eyed kitten

Gratuitous Kittiness: "He's touching me again."

Cat Mewvie: Kitten therapy.

cat people shipwreck

Today's Kitty Komic

cat painted rock

Feline Art: The perfect cat bed.

blind Toby

Cat Seemed Perfectly Content Right Up Until Point He Bolted Out Of Room
The Onion (humor)

SOMERSET, NJ—Twenty-eight-year-old Jason Wagner confirmed Tuesday that his cat, Pepper, seemed totally relaxed and content up until the moment he jumped from the living room couch onto the floor and darted out of the living room. “For 15 minutes he was purring, sitting on my lap—asleep even—but, just like that, it all changed,” Wagner said of his cat’s abrupt, 180-degree mood shift. “One moment, you think he could lie there the entire day, and the next he’s on some sort of impromptu search-and-destroy mission.” At press time, Pepper had reportedly walked calmly back into the room, leapt onto the couch, and lain down as if nothing had happened.

Mewsings: March 3, 2015 - "A home without a cat, and a well-fed, well-petted and properly revered cat, may be a perfect home, perhaps; but how can it prove its title?" - Mark Twain

there are two types of cats

Gratuitous Kittiness: There are two types of cats.

Cat Mewvie: Huggie-kitten.

cat people versus dog people

Today's Kitty Komic

three jolly kittens

Feline Art: Vintage cat art.

Mewsings: March 4, 2015 - "I don't mind a cat, in its place. But its place is not in the middle of my back at 4 a.m." - Maynard Good Stoddard

tiny kitten in palm

Gratuitous Kittiness: A handfull of precious.

Cat Mewvie: Elvis will not be ignored.

cat meets hermit

Today's Kitty Komic

japanese cats with umbrellas

Feline Art: Japanese postcard art.

Gabby and grandma

Their Bond Was So Strong, They Died Within Hours Of Each Another
by Jill Layton

My grandma and her cat were inseparable — in life and in death.

Four hours after my grandma's 15-year-old cat died, my grandma passed away, too, and I don't think it was a coincidence.

Gabby was 2 years old when my Grandma and Grandpa adopted her. When they brought her home, she immediately went upstairs, found a bed to curl up on and made herself comfortable. She knew she was in the right place — for a nap and for life.

Shortly after Gabby became a permanent member of the family, Grandpa died. Not able to keep up with a big house on their own, Grandma and Gabby moved into an apartment complex for seniors, where help was offered if they needed it, but still allowed for independence.

As a kid, I was enamored with the loving relationship between my grandma and Gabby, and I knew that as soon as I was able to get my own pet, I would. I wanted the same companionship and unconditional love that Grandma and Gabby offered each other.

Until the very end, Gabby spent her days hanging out with Grandma and her nights walking on Grandma's head while she tried to sleep. You know, typical roommate stuff.

They both started to slow down around the same time, but continued to be two sweet old ladies who enjoyed each other's company.

Eventually, Gabby would keep to herself for most of the day, and she wasn't interacting much with Grandma. Grandma wasn't able to eat much anymore, and had dropped too much weight. They were both nearing the end, and Gabby was ready.

Grandma took her to the vet and together they decided the best thing to do would be to put her to sleep. Grandma held Gabby and comforted her as she closed her eyes for the last time.

Grandma lost her best friend and, perhaps, her soul mate. After Gabby was gone, Grandma went home and took a nap on the couch. She never woke up.

She died four hours after Gabby. Maybe it was just her time and a strange coincidence, maybe she died of a broken heart or maybe their souls couldn't be separated.

Nowadays, my dog and I are just as obsessed with one another as Grandma and Gabby were. And I have Grandma to thank for instilling in me the importance of having pets and loving them hard.

I like to think that Gabby was there in spirit to comfort Grandma as she took her last breath, just as Grandma did for Gabby a few hours earlier.

They are buried together, and I'm certain their bond is still just as strong as it was when they were two little old ladies loving life and each other.


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